New methodologies to realise commercial potential New methodologies to realise commercial potential

Research in the Physical and Analytical group spans the range from instrument development to computer modelling, from novel theory to applied energy materials. All research groups have a strong interdisciplinary character, and this is reflected in our international research collaborations, the diversity of our financial support and the breadth of our published output.

There is a particular focus on advanced laser spectroscopy, photodynamics and molecular photonics. This optical research underpins the development and characterisation of novel nanomaterials designed for applications in life sciences and energy research. Both nanoscience and laser spectroscopy combine in the exploitation of novel imaging methods for life sciences, which are themselves being exploited in the development of new technologies for forensic and health science. These new technologies have great commercial potential and have resulted in spin-out companies and industrially funded research.

Research is currently led by the following members of Faculty:

Prof David L. Andrews 

Prof David L. Andrews 

  • Structured light and complex beam interactions
  • Novel mechanisms in molecular energy transfer and fluorescence optical manipulation
  • Switching light-harvesting in multi-chromophore nanostructures

Dr Yimin Chao

Dr Yimin Chao

  • Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles
  • Fabrication of thin films using functionalized nanoparticles
  • Uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles in cultured cells
  • Applications of functionalised nanoparticles in energy conversion and storage, such as batteries, supercapacitors, solar cells, and thermoelectric modules
  • Functionalised nanoparticles for diagnosis and targeted drug delivery

Dr Ismael Heisler

Dr Ismael Heisler

 

  • Ultrafast time resolved Fluorescence and Absorption spectroscopy; 2D electronic spectroscopy; 2D IR spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy
  • Energy and charge transfer processes
  • Molecular dynamics in aqueous solutions and other liquids, reactions in proteins, hydration structure in biological membranes and electronic coupling in chromophore monomers and aggregates

Dr Upali A. Jayasooriya

Dr Upali A. Jayasooriya

  • Chemical and Analytical applications of Vibrational Spectroscopies including IR, Raman, Neutron Scattering and Nuclear Inelastic Scattering
  • Chemical applications of Muon Spectroscopies

Dr Garth Jones

Dr Garth Jones

  • Electronic energy transfer
  • Quantum dynamics
  • Ultrafast processes

Dr Andrew G. Mayes

Dr Andrew G. Mayes

  • Nano-structured materials for energy, analysis and drug delivery
  • Creation of "artificial antibodies" for sensing and imaging.
  • Design, synthesis and characterisation of "smart" polymer materials
  • Optical chemical sensors (fibre-optic and imaging)

Prof Steve R. Meech 

Prof Steve R. Meech 

  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Photodynamics of proteins
  • Dynamics of complex fluids

Dr Vasily Oganesyan

Dr Vasily Oganesyan

  • Theoretical and Computational methods for advanced spectroscopy
  • Electronic structure calculations
  • Molecular Dynamics simulations

Prof David A. Russell

Prof David A. Russell

  • Bioanalytical chemistry at the nanoscale
  • Biofunctionalised metal / metal oxide nanoparticles for: fingerprinting; intracellular analysis; and cancer therapy
  • Carbohydrate and glycoprotein nanoparticles and microarrays

Dr Gregory G. Wildgoose

Dr Gregory G. Wildgoose

  • Applied Molecular Electrochemistry
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Energy & Materials